On Monday, January 28, 2013 a volunteer medical team of the Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko (MCCH) visited the boarding facility of St Anargyri in Kantza at the invitation of the director of the institution. The facility hosts fifty-two people with severe mental retardation motor disabilities, aged from ten to sixty- two. The purpose of the visit was to inform the volunteer doctors of MCCH and document the needs of the residents. MCCH’s team found serious deficiencies in medicines and doctors, physiotherapists and psychologists, and specialties absolutely necessary for the overall maintenance of status and mobility of these individuals.
After the visit, MCCH decided to assist and support this facility. They will try to cover the monthly needs of St. Anargyri in medicine and medical care. Specialists will make frequent visits to the institution. MCCH’s team of psychologists will assist the institution’s solitary existing psychologist in his overwhelming work. Finally, MCCH will also arrange for a physiotherapist to visit the residence and resume daily physiotherapy, which is essential in such cases.
Apart from this, MCCH gave the management of the foundation a large amount of materials absolutely necessary for the daily care of the residents, including medical supplies, wheelchairs, etc.
St. Anargyri’s management described MCCH’s assistance as “lifesaving”. We prefer to call it simple respect for diversity and respect for human existence. Respect that we believe is owed to its citizens by a well governed state.